Rodney Square Historic District
Looking southwest toward the DuPont Building and the Wilmington Library
|Location||Buildings fronting Rodney Square at 10th, 11th, Market & King Sts., Wilmington, Delaware|
|NRHP reference #||11000522|
|Added to NRHP||August 10, 2011|
Rodney Square is the public square and national historic district located in downtown Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, named after American Revolutionary leader Caesar Rodney. A large statue of Rodney by James E. Kelly stands in the front of the square. The square was created in the early 20th century by John Jacob Raskob who worked for Pierre S. du Pont. The City Beautiful movement served as the inspiration for the effort.
- Clifford Brown Jazz Festival
- First Night Wilmington
- Saint Patrick's Day Parade
- Citizens Bank Caesar Rodney Half Marathon
The eight blocks surrounding the square contain a number of downtown buildings:
|American Life Building||1971||I.M. Pei||Brutalist||Multi-tenant office|
|MBNA Bracebridge I||1995||BofA credit card headquarters|
|Delaware Trust Building||1930||Dennison & Hirons||Classical Revival||Condos and restaurants, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.|
|DuPont Building||1908||DuPont headquarters|
|First & Central Church||Presbyterian Church USA|
|Public Building||1916||Henry Hornbostel||Classical Revival||Law firm|
|Wilmington Mansion||1860s||Wilmington Club, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.|
|Wilmington Post Office||1937||Associated Federal Architects||Classical Revival||Wilmington Trust headquarters, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.|
|Wilmington Public Library||1922||Edward Lippincott Tilton||Beaux-Arts||Library|
- American Viscose Company
- Atlas Powder Company
- Barnsdall Oil
- Delaware Trust
- Hercules Inc.
Rodney Square serves as a bus stop for several DART First State bus routes including 2, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 45, 48, and 301. From 1992 to December 2017, Rodney Square served as the main hub for DART First State buses in Wilmington. In December 2017, the state of Delaware under the direction of Governor John Carney eliminated the bus hub at Rodney Square by scattering stops throughout downtown Wilmington, removing 13 routes from stopping at the square. The decision to eliminate the hub was made in order to reduce congestion and overcrowding at Rodney Square. This action resulted in many riders having to walk multiple blocks to make transfers, and many of the new bus stops do not have shelters or benches. The Wilmington Transit Center is being built as a new hub for DART First State buses adjacent to the Wilmington Train Station, with completion expected in December 2019.
- "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 8/09/11 through 8/12/11. National Park Service. 2011-08-19.
- Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway Rodney Square, DE
- Milford, Maureen (2003-10-19). "MBNA's homage to the past". The News Journal. Archived from the original on November 2003. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
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- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Routes and Schedules". DART First State. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
- Jedra, Christina (January 30, 2018). "Wilmington bus riders clash with DART over elimination of Rodney Square stops". The News Journal. Wilmington, DE. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
- Jedra, Christina (November 19, 2018). "New Wilmington transit center coming December 2019, officials say". The News Journal. Wilmington, DE. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
- Location coordinates from the USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), feature ID 217603; use ID at search interface
- Media related to Rodney Square Historic District at Wikimedia Commons